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November 6, 2020

 

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First Christian Church of San Marcos

exists to lead people into a growing relationship

with Jesus Christ!

 

The Sermon this week

What does it mean to Love Jesus?

 

Join us this Sunday on FACEBOOK

look for the red "live" button.

10:30 am

Or any time thereafter on our website

@ fcc-sm.org

Music will begin @10:15

See you Sunday!

 

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Church Board Conversations

Your church board has been meeting at least twice a month since August. Once a month, it’s a business meeting.

The other meetings are devoted to our concern about the future of the church we all hold in trust for our Lord.

The reality is that we have sixteen straight years of decline in giving and attendance.

Research indicates that churches that are reopening in

person these days are having adult attendance at 36% of

Pre-Covid levels with no indication that number will rise significantly. Pre-Covid our average adult attendance was 80. If we reopen at 36% that will mean an average attendance of 29 adults. Of course, we hope to re-open with our children’s ministry Kids on12.

General operations giving for the church needs to be around $23,000 a month for the church to sustain itself and provide for the expenses of running the church. For the past five months the donations for the general operations of the

church has been an average of around $13,000 a month.

We are suffering an approximate $10,000 a month shortfall.

We have received some unexpected lump sum gifts from estates that have assisted with a much needed $20,000.

We have also sold church handbells for $11,000. These blessings have helped us to survive during these turbulent times. We have applied for a $28,500 grant through the

small business stimulus package approved by Congress.

At this point we are awaiting a determination for the $28,500 grant. Preliminary figures for October look to be the same.

As a result, we face a 2021 budget with major cuts.

It's a difficult time for this historic church.

In a way – we’re stuck.

So – the church board is working through a book by Tony Morgan titled The Unstuck Church: equipping churches to experience sustained health.

 

Andy Stanley says, “Your church is perfectly designed to get the results you are currently getting. If you’re satisfied with the results, write a book. If not, read this one…”

 

Carey Nieuwhof says, “Every once in a while, you find a book that makes you ask, “Where has this book been all my

(ministry leadership) life?”

 

William Vanderbloemen says, “His (the author’s) wisdom

and insight is exceptional. I’ve seen his advice create great benefit to churches looking to get unstuck.

Read him and follow his advice.”

 

Tony Morgan identifies seven church life cycles and within a few weeks our board will determine whether we are in Cycle 6, the Preservation cycle where the priority focus is, “keep people from leaving,” or Cycle 7, the Life Support cycle where the priority focus is “reach new people with old methods.” Each

of those cycles require a key next step. Either step will be a great challenge for our church to face.

You can read the book yourself. A paperback copy is $12.99 on Amazon. It’s a good idea to read chapter 1, then read chapters 6 & 7. Then you might let a board member know which of those two stages you think we’re in. For a glimmer of hope, and there is hope, then read chapter 4 which describes a church in a cycle of sustained health.

Pray that we might once again experience that

cycle of church life.

Pray for the church board and the conversations board members are having prompted by this book study. We anticipate a church family meeting in early January to hear from the board and to hear from you. Reading the book will inform your praying and increase your ability to participate

in conversations when the time comes.

 

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FCC is helping our Community with donations to

HOME Center of Central Texas!

Various organizations in our area, including HOME Center, and individuals would like to create a Local Homeless Coalition or LHC which will coordinate the efforts of those who assist the homeless in this area. FCC is among other churches that are involved in this effort. On November 6th the San Marcos Homeless Coalition will meet via Zoom at 10:00 a m through the San Marcos Public Library. If you desire to represent FCC at this meeting check the San Marcos Public Library events page for more information. Again, thank you everyone that has donated to this cause. Let's keep it up !!

A collection point has been set up at FCC outside the office

door for some of these items. You can also give items by going to their Facebook page and going to their Amazon wish list of items and ordering items from there. They have three or four different packs they give to the homeless and also could use help getting these packages together in gallon storage bags.

 

Due to the change in the weather they need donations of

winter gear and clothing

such as blankets, sleeping bags, coats, tents, etc. to make this cold season bearable. Send us a message to arrange a pickup or drop off if you have these items! Can't donate? You can help by sharing this post to your page and community groups!

Ongoing items needed are:

Water • Gatorade

Orange juice (small) • insect repellent

socks for men & women - above the ankle type

canned fruit • Crackers

Crackers & Tuna & Similar items.

protein bars • trail mix

tuna packs or other easy open canned foods

(for those occasionally put up in motels.)

disposable masks • hand sanitizer

Travel size toothpaste • shampoo • conditioner, soap

Gallon storage bags

Thanks to any of you who can donate items.

The homeless really are thankful to get any of these items.

 

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Youth will meet

Sunday, November 15

in-person

@ 4:30-6:00 @ FCC

See ya on the 15th!

 

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Upcoming Drive-thru communion dates:

We don't know when it will be safe to gather in our building. But we don't have to wait to gather safely outside the building! We are learning how, and we encourage you to join us. And, invite your friends and neighbors. To adjust to standard time and shortening daylight hours we will now gather at:

5:00 pm (time change)

November 15

November 29

 

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This week at First Christian

Adult Bible Study - Linda Vetters @9:30 am Sunday on Zoom

Sunday Worship @ 10:30 am on Facebook or @ fcc-sm.org

Pastor on the Porch - Friday @ 10:00 am

Informal meeting with Pastor Gregory Ross on zoom

 

How Can We Pray for You?

If you wish Prayer for any reason send your request to

fcc@fcc-sm.org

place "Prayer Request" in the subject line -

our staff & team will pray for you.

Please pray for these . . . Daily!

All of our kids (age 0 - 5th grade) as they struggle to find a new normal in school. For our youth (grade 6 - 12 +) as they deal with their anxieties about what the future holds for them.

For our parents as they try to hold things together for their kids, their work and the health and safety for them all.

For FCC, the Board and Staff for tough decisions that are being considered and made. For all of those in our community

who are in great need and are being impacted in

ways we can't comprehend by this pandemic.

Also for these with special health needs

and those experiencing grief:

Rebecca Chapmon; Family of Kevin Meinen;

Carolyn Smith; Kathy Kunchick; SMPD; Vicki Roberts;

David Voight; Dawn Jester; Bert Cobb; Susan Pruett; Jackie Cable; Judy Deforest; Kathy Smith; Tracy Wilson;

Dorothy McLendon; Jean English; Mary Tijerina; Dawn Shank; David Warren; Richard McDaniel; Ellen & Manfred Kremkus; Melissa & Brett; Martinez extended family; Judy Ritchie;

David Druham; Paula Lewis; HOME Center of Central TX;

Olivia Gerhart; Lois LaCoss; Rose Seagrave; Jay Monson;

Family of Sylvia Caskey

 

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Please, consider donating a little time to assist the Hays County Food Bank with their food distribution. They need our help to keep our community healthy and our children cared for throughout this pandemic. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, check out the Hays Food Bank volunteer page! https://haysfoodbank.org/give-time.aspx...